Actor and director Sidney Poitier will receive the topmost honors bestowed upon by theBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts to one person, its fellowship.

With almost 70 years in film and television, Poitier earned acclaim at the Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, NAACP Awards, and British Academy Film Awards among others. His acting abilities dominated, claiming star roles never portrayed by African Americans before, ultimately becoming the first of his race to take home the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964.

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